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18 Jun 2010 description

1. "Urban refugees" in eastern Africa

1.1. General situation and challenges

In sub-Saharan Africa, seven out of ten refugees still live in camps. Globally, however, it is estimated that half of the 10.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) of concern to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reside in urban areas.

18 Jun 2010 description

(Nairobi, 20 June 2010) - On 20 June, World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/Eastern Africa urges the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to tap into the potential of refugees and other forced migrants in urban areas. This not only promotes their self-sufficiency, it also contributes to well-being in their host countries.

"There is a tendency to look at urban refugees as a burden.